Polaris Off Road Vehicles is pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Xtremeplus for the 2022 racing season and the 2023 Dakar Rally.
Led by Marco Piana, the French team has been a longstanding partner of Polaris since 2005 when the team owner decided to enrol a team of ATVs in the Morocco Rally before entering the Dakar Rally. When the Dakar moved to South America, Piana entered a team of four ATVs which was the start of a successful and long-lasting adventure between Xtremeplus and Polaris.
Since then, the Xtremeplus team has always returned to compete in the Dakar Rally and many other championships and races like the Silk Way Rally, always with Polaris vehicles.
Polaris and Xtremeplus can boast many successes along this journey: In 2013, Willy Alcaraz defended his Dakar title behind the steering wheel of the Polaris RZR Turbo, winning the T3 crown that year and three times more since. In 2016, the Italian duo of the former WRC driver Michele Cinotto and Maurizio Dominella won the side-by-side category in the Dakar Rally, and in 2017, it was the turn of Leandro Torres to win the Dakar in the side-by-side category. Not only that, but the partnership has brought many achievements within the FIA World Championships too.
“It is with great satisfaction that we can announce the renewal of the partnership with Polaris,” states Marco Piana. “We are proud to be a satellite team with factory support, a reference for Polaris on the rally scene. Together we can celebrate 6 wins on the Dakar and several titles in the FIA T3 world championship”.
Polaris and Xtremeplus will tackle the 2022 FIA European Cup for Cross-Country Bajas in the following rounds with a Polaris RZR Pro XP:
- Italian Baja (8-10 July)
- Spanish Baja (22-25 July)
- Hungarian Baja (1-3 August)
- Baja Poland (2-6 September)
They will compete in the Africa Eco Race from 16-30 October, and they will be at the start of the 2023 Dakar in Saudi Arabia.
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As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2019 sales of $6.8 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including TransAmerica Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe.
Recognised for the professionalism and the quality of the preparations of the Polaris RZR for the Cross-Country Rallies, XTREMEPLUS IS THE ONLY TEAM SUPPORTED BY POLARIS USA AND POLARIS EUROPE. Founded by Marco Piana in 2004, Xtremeplus has its workshop in Gorrevod – Municipality of Pont de Vaux – not far from Mâcon.